Japan’s largest airline introduces a slew of firsts with its new aircraft

A ceremony to celebrate first delivery of Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) Airbus A380 aircraft, called the “Flying HONU”, is held after its arrival at Tokyo Narita International Airport. Source: AFP.

ALL Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, has finally revealed the interior of their beautiful Airbus A380 dubbed the “Flying Honu”.

The aircraft will operate exclusively on the Japan-Hawaii route and will be officially debuting its Hawaii-bound on May 24.

ANA first announce the Airbus A380 back in November last year. Revealed for the first time at an event at Tokyo Narita International Airport last week, the aircraft will feature not just a striking and unique livery, but also an impressive interior.

Its inside boasts a four-class configuration with a whopping total of 520 seats. On the main deck, 383 economy class seats occupy the entire area while upstairs will house 137 seats in total. The seats are split between 73 premium economy, 56 business class, and eight first class suites.

Located at the top deck, the first class seats are in a 1-2-1 configuration. Each seat fully lies flat with a sliding door for privacy. Some of the luxurious perks in first class include a massive 32” IFE screen, tons of storage space, AC power outlets, and USB charging ports too.

This marks the first time ANA has operated first class to Hawaii.

The 56-seat business class cabin offers a 1-2-1 seating arrangement with direct aisle access for all. Just a tiny step down from first class, business class travelers on this ANA aircraft will enjoy an 18″ HD touchscreen monitor complete with remote controls, reading lights, solid tray tables, AC power outlets, USB charging ports, and of course, plenty of storage.

Interestingly, selected seats in the middle row of the business class cabin share an armrest to better facilitate conversations between passengers.

The premium economy class cabin is one of the ANA’s largest premium economy cabins currently in service, with no less than 73 seats available here configured in a 2-3-2 arrangement. Travelers will love its 15.6″ HD IFE screen as well as foot and leg rests and a six-way adjustable headrest.

Meanwhile, the economy class seats come with a generous 34″ pitch with individual leg rest as well as power and USB outlets for each seat. A fun, family-friendly feature would be the “ANA Couchii”, which can transform economy class seats into a flat space.

The seats will have 32″ of pitch so there is plenty of extra space and comfort located in the rear of the economy class cabin.

Other noteworthy features include a “multi-purpose room” which allows flyers to change, fix their hair, feed or change a baby, or simply score some quiet time.

For more information, visit ANA’s website.